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raka

Does Antibodies ever go away? need info on this

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raka

I have been googling about it and i found out that: For Hepatitis C even though the virus is cleared from the body, the antibodies does NOT go away. The viral load becomes undetected. The virus is gone and the patient is cured! ... This just means that the antibody test given after SVR will be less strong, but it will still be found in the blood of patients who were ever positive for hepatitis C virus

is this the same case in Herpes too?

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blaze123

Generally, yes, exposure to HSV means lifelong infection and lifelong presence of antibodies.  

There are some documented cases where persons infected with HSV long-term  do not show antibodies at a later date (this is called "seroreversion"), but it is comparatively rare, and there is no reason to think it indicates their body has eradicated the virus: herpes is good at hiding and, if the virus is latent, antibody titers eventually drop below a detectable level.  This does NOT mean someone is cured, as the virus can reactivative at any time.

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